The popular History Channel show American Pickers in a recent episode profiled vintage tackle from a dealer in Kentucky. As I live on the Kentucky border, I laughed when they ran subtitles for the Kentuckian, as if he was speaking a foreign language. Well, maybe to West Coasters he was…
Anyway, what follows is a series of screen captures and descriptions of the tackle they showed. While they did not purchase any fishing tackle (unlike Pawn Stars the week before) it was fun nonetheless.
Although they didn't buy any tackle, it's still really cool that they featured so much fishing tackle over such a long segment. Lots of the tackle shown seemed in dire need of either repair or cleaning, but that is half of the fun. And before you laugh at the giant pile of rods, keep in mind that I guarantee you in those piles are True Temper Dynamic hollow steel rods worth $75-$100, early glass casting rods which have been on the rise in price, and perhaps even some nice bamboo. Looks like a fun place; anyone know where it is??? Since it is in Kentucky, it's not far from me, but I'm also about 99% sure my Commonwealth friend John Caldwell has been through it with a fine tooth comb...
One thing's for certain, vintage tackle is on the rise, folks!
The History Channel and the show hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz do a great job on American Pickers and you can view current episodes on their Web Site.
And if you ever see vintage fishing tackle on TV, drop me a note!
-- Dr. Todd